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The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2016

Duration: 12 hours 46 minutes


- The author of The Aviators Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New Yorks "Swans" of the 1950s - and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends - the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all: money, beauty, glamour, jewels, influential friends, a prestigious husband, and gorgeous homes. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman - a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.

Enter Truman Capote. This diminutive golden-haired genius with a larger-than-life personality explodes onto the scene, setting Babe and her circle of Swans aflutter. Through Babe, Truman gains an unlikely entrée into the enviable lives of Manhattans elite, along with unparalleled access to the scandal and gossip of Babes powerful circle. Sure of the loyalty of the man she calls "True Heart," Babe never imagines the destruction Truman will leave in his wake. But once a storyteller, always a storyteller - even when the stories arent his to tell.

Trumans fame is at its peak when such notable celebrities as Frank and Mia Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, and Rose Kennedy converge on his glittering Black and White Ball. But all too soon, hell ignite a literary scandal whose repercussions echo through the years. The Swans of Fifth Avenue will seduce and startle readers as it opens the door onto one of Americas most sumptuous eras.

Praise for The Swans of Fifth Avenue

"This moving fictionalization brings the whole cast of characters back to vivid life. Gossipy and fun, its also a nuanced look at the beauty and cruelty of a rarefied, bygone world." - People

"The era and the sordid details come back to life in this jewel of a novel." - O: The Oprah Magazine

"A catty, juicy read thats like a three-martini lunch." - USA Today

"[Captures] the mesmerizing sparkle and scandal of New York high society in the 1950s." - Chicago Tribune

"Take Gossip Girl and move it to the 50s." - theSkimm

"A compelling look at an American icon, a talented yet vulnerable man, and the complex woman he loved in his own distinctive way." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The strange and fascinating relationship between Truman Capote and his ‘swans is wonderfully reimagined in this engrossing novel. Its a credit to Benjamin that we end up caring so much for these women of power, grace, and beauty - and for Capote, too." - Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants

"Delicious . . . Benjamin has turned Truman Capotes greatest scandal into your next must-read book-club selection." - Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

"Like being ushered into a party where youre offered champagne and fed the sumptuous secrets of New Yorks elite - without having to pay the price afterward." - Vanessa Diffenbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Edythe Westbrook

    Slow start...enjoyed overall. Read another book inbetween...

  • Ruth Fox

    I enjoyed the book, and thought the narrator was great!

  • Karen Oberheim

    I thought the characters were a little 2 dimensional but the narrators brought the characters to life with great skill.